Despite Labor Day being common knowledge as the dreaded end of summer, LA has yet to say goodbye to rising temperatures. While most people think of summer months like June and July as the hottest time of the year, it’s actually August and September that yield the highest temperatures year round. But since it’s a comfortable mid-70s for at least nine months out of 12, Los Angeles weather doesn’t really merit the necessity of air conditioning in some homes. But with temperatures that only seem to be rising, we’ve got a couple ways of keeping cool indoors, whether you have AC or not.
If you live in an apartment or you just don’t want to install a central air conditioning system in your house, window air conditioners are an affordable way to keep the temperature down. These units are typically made to fit a standard size window but also have the flexibility of being customizable if you have horizontal sliding and casement windows. If you have a larger room, you can supplement a window AC unit with a fan to help distribute the cold air throughout the space. Bonus options feature remote control capabilities and high-energy efficient ratings.
An alternative to the window unit is a wall air conditioner. Serving the same purpose as a window unit, wall units don’t clutter the exterior appearance or subtract from window space. Most units also come with heating capabilities for colder weather. When shopping for a wall unit, Sears recommends considering the size of the room: the larger the space, the higher the BTU output should be. BTU stands for British Thermal Units and refers to how quickly and effectively a unit can cool the room.
The most flexible option is a portable air conditioner. These will fit in any space– from a cramped dorm room to a large living room or even on a patio. There’s also the added benefit of being able to move these units from room to room. Models also range in size, price and capabilities, giving plenty of options for any buyer. You can go for a basic air conditioning unit or you can opt with one that includes a timer, dehumidifier or even heater for year-round use.
The newest option on the market is Aros: the world’s smartest air conditioner. Invented by Garthen Leslie and backed by Quirky, Aros learns from your budget, location, schedule and usage to maintain the perfect temperature in your home. The system can also be controlled through your smartphone and turns off when you leave and turns on before you come back so the temperature is just right by the time you arrive.
But the absolute must-have accessory: the Bed Fan. It’s the panacea for a hot summer night: it circulates air under the sheets to disperse body heat with a cool breeze. There’s nothing worse than kicking off your sheets and waking up in a sweat in the middle of the night, and there’s nothing better than the feeling of slipping your pillow to the cool side, and then there’s this: